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Denver International Airport

Denver International Airport serves the city of Denver, Colorado. The airport is one of the busiest in the United States, among the busiest in the world, and is a key hub for United Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines. DIA covers an area of 53 sq m (140 sq km), making it one of the largest airport in the world by land area. DIA hosts domestic and international passenger and cargo services for over 20 airlines.

Location of Denver International Airport, United States of America

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United Airlines Part 1: New management declares ambitions to usher in a new competitive era

23-Nov-2016 9:55 PM

For years United Airlines has operated at a competitive disadvantage to its large US network peers. The challenges that United never seemed to overcome were largely self-inflicted, and ranged from widespread employee discontent to consistent revenue shortfalls.

Now United finally appears to be charting a course to level the competitive playing field with its large global US network competitors, to close the long-standing revenue gap it has held with its rivals. The elements of United’s plan to shore up revenues include bolstering connections at its hubs, improved revenue management, and product segmentation that entails a new basic economy fare structure whose restrictions are more stringent than those of its peers.

United’s revenue transformation will not occur overnight, but for the first time since its 2010 merger with Continental the company seems laser-focused on shrinking the competitive challenges that have hindered its performance. It projects billions in improvement – to pre-tax profits by 2020 – as a result of its doubling down on efforts to shore up revenue. Obviously the measure of United’s success lies in its execution and its ability to navigate competitive responses to its revenue-generating strategies.

This is part one of a two part series examining United’s strategies to compete more effectively with its peers on revenue and costs.

Frontier Airlines and its network challenges: starting and leaving routes as US ULCC dynamics shift

14-Jul-2016 8:00 PM

US ULCC Frontier continues to make numerous changes to its network. In early 2016 it unveiled a network blitz, tabling 42 new routes that start in Apr-2016 and continue through Jun-2016, including a return to the smaller market of Colorado Springs. It also joined Allegiant Air in injecting some ULCC competition into Pittsburgh, and it continued expansion from Orlando International airport.

At the same time Frontier has opted to reduce its footprint in Atlanta after joining fellow ULCC Spirit Airlines in making a push from the airport in 2015. Atlanta is a market dominated by two of the large US network airlines – Delta and Southwest. It is not clear whether that has bearing on Frontier’s evaluation of its strategy in Atlanta but Orlando is largely an O&D market, which could be better suited for Frontier’s ULCC operations.

The only conclusion that can be drawn from many of Frontier’s network moves is that no distinctive pattern emerges. There are major competitors in every market that it is leaving, but that is also the case for the remaining routes the airline is serving from Atlanta. Despite the shifts by Frontier, a small ULCC presence remains in one of the world’s busiest airports.

Allegiant Air attacks United in New York, testing niche ULCC model in large competitive metro market

5-Jul-2016 9:23 PM

The US ULCC Allegiant Air is stepping outside its typical network framework during late 2016 when it adds service from Newark Liberty International airport, a major hub for United Airlines. Newark, which caters to business and leisure travellers in the New York metro area, is not the typical large city market that Allegiant usually enters. With a few exceptions, Allegiant’s larger markets are heavily weighted toward leisure travellers; its top bases are Orlando Sanford and Las Vegas McCarran.

Allegiant is breaking United’s monopoly on three of four routes that it is adding from Newark, challenging United to find ways to respond to the new competition. But Allegiant’s operating profile is different from that of typical ULCCs, which means that United may not be forced to craft any response to Allegiant’s small presence in Newark by YE2016.

Allegiant’s decision to enter the New York market was driven by an opportunity emerging after US regulators eased operating restrictions at Newark. It is an easy, low-risk way for Allegiant to test the waters in larger markets while largely sticking to its niche formula of linking small to medium-sized cities to large leisure destinations.

United Airlines works to start anew as its rivals work to widen their competitive advantages

14-Jun-2016 6:19 PM

The US global network airlines Delta and American regularly receive accolades for the execution of their respective merger integrations. Assessment of the merger between United and Continental has been different, even from the airline’s own executives, who admit the integration was more challenging and took longer than anyone had anticipated.

United is working to adapt to changed pricing structures ushered in by the ULCCs – shifting more of its operations from regional to mainline and ensuring that customers fully understand the attributes of its various product offerings once its version of a basic economy fare debuts later in 2016.

United’s executives are also acknowledging the long standing gap it has in margin performance vis a vis its peers, and stresses its commitment to margin improvement. United in many ways is starting again, attempting to build a new foundation of trust with customers, employees and investors.

ULCC Frontier Airlines needs to emphasise newfound stability ahead of a potential IPO

4-Apr-2016 4:48 PM

Frontier Airlines has probably undergone more changes during the last eight to nine years than any other US airline. It emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as a subsidiary of Republic Airways Holdings, and tried out numerous network strategies, including small city and secondary markets such as Trenton New Jersey and Wilmington, Delaware.

The airline was purchased by Indigo Partners in late 2014 and embarked on its transition  to an ultra-low cost airline, which is now complete. Similarly to its ULCC counterpart Spirit, Frontier has had some management shake-ups during the last year but its executive team seems stable, for now. At the end of 2015 reports surfaced that Frontier’s owners were considering an initial public offering (IPO), and more recently the idea of taking the airline public seems to be gaining momentum. It is an interesting move, given the industry sentiment where some airlines believe their stock is trading at a discount, but Frontier has a healthy Airbus order book; one possible motivation for an IPO.

Delta aims for positive PRASM starting in 2H2016. United aims to mitigate weakness in Houston

23-Jan-2016 2:50 PM

US airlines enjoyed huge top-line benefits in 2015 from plummeting fuel prices. But the decline in energy costs affected the pricing environment, which sent yields spiralling down during the year. The resulting pressure on passenger unit revenues (PRASM) overshadowed the record profitability of US airlines as investors became concerned about the duration of PRASM declines.

At one point, some airlines believed, the industry could begin a positive PRASM trajectory in 2H2016, and Delta believes unit revenue trends should stabilise by the summer of 2016. Both Delta and rival United continue to cite yield pressure rather than a deterioration of demand as one driver of their projected PRASM declines for 1Q2016. Fuel remains a wildcard for US airlines as they work to determine when they can achieve positive PRASM results; some forecasts indicate oil prices could drop an additional 15% to 20%.

Delta’s projected 1Q2016 passenger unit revenue performance, while still negative, is better than United’s PRASM forecast for the quarter. United is facing challenges at its Houston Intercontinental hub, which is enduring pressure from a fall-off in corporate demand from the energy sector.

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